Sources have confirmed with Variety that Roberto Orci will no longer be directing Star Trek 13.
Although he’s still on board as a producer along with J.J. Abrams, Patrick McKay and John D. Payne, who is also writing the script, Orci will not get his first feature film directing credit on the Trek franchise entry. No details yet on why the exit, and a short list for replacements apparently exists already, rumored to include Edgar Wright.
Orci was a front-runner early in the days following the news that Abrams would be moving over to direct Star Wars Episode VII. Leaving the movie adaptation of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers for Trek, Orci was set for his directing debut after splitting with writing partner Alex Kurtzman. The two continue to produce a number of TV projects, such as Sleepy Hollow and Hawaii Five-O, but are no longer writing together.
The next Trek film is scheduled for release sometime in 2016, which is the show’s 50th anniversary.